May Payne's Shiny Head Sees The Light Of Day Next March

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Just when you thought the afternoon was drawing to a close, Rockstar surprises us all with a Max Payne 3 release date.

Max Payne may have lost his hair and eaten most of the donuts, but he will still be ready to kick ass and take names as he continues his long struggle with his past (not to mention his nightmares of Mark Wahlberg).

Release date, two new screenshots, possible box art and more of what Rockstar had to say, after the jump.

Ok, so when can you expect our next dose of Max Payne’s awesomeness? The correct answer would be March 2012. Sweet, well that’s not so far away and now we have plenty to keep us busy till then, not to mention that we will have played all of those to death by March. So that date definitely works for me.

Here’s two new screenshots (click to see them BIG), and then I’ve posted up what Rockstar said in their post:

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Today, we’re proud to announce that Max Payne 3 – the new dark, gritty action experience that continues the tale of former New York City detective Max Payne and is sure to satisfy both newcomers and veterans to the historic franchise alike – is expected to launch on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in March 2012 in North America and Europe.

Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.

A true cross-studio collaboration between Rockstar Games’ global development teams that picks up from where series creator Remedy Entertainment’s Max Payne 2 left off, Max Payne 3 utilizes cutting edge technology for a seamless, cinematic action experience, incorporating the latest advances in Natural Motion physics as well as a brand new iteration of the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine, resulting in highly-refined gameplay with an extensive range of realistic weaponry, an intelligent cover system and sophisticated Bullet-Time mechanics.

In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 will also be the first entry in the series to introduce a thorough and engrossing multiplayer experience. In a unique twist, Max Payne 3 multiplayer delivers a compelling experience that dynamically alters maps and mode progression for all players in a match. Along with traditional multiplayer modes, Max Payne 3 will also include a deep reward and leveling system, persistent clans and multiple strategic load-out options.

I leave you now with an image that may or may not be the box art:

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Source: Rockstar

Last Updated: September 8, 2011

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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